Take care of the body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through
these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • Functional Strength Training

    • Develop Confidence and Comfort in your Body

    • Reclaim Joy in What Your Body Can Do

    • Learn and Practice Safe Movement Patterns

  • Abdominal + Pelvic Floor Development

    • Use of Pilates Mat and Yoga Techniques

  • Pre/Post Natal Wellness

    • Specific Strength Training for Pre/Post Natal Wellness

    • Pre/Post Natal Instructor at Yoga Tree

  • Pain + Discomfort Reduction

    • Train Your Body to Carry Itself Efficiently

  • Eating and Habit Coaching

    • Intuitive Eating

    • Improving Your Relationship with Food

    • Routine Creation

    • Trained in Body Trust & Body Acceptance, Modalities co-creates by a Dietician & Therapist


My love of movement began in the ballet studio: I loved dance more than anything, but my feet literally bled more days than not.  And when my beloved teacher told me I was talented but my body was not shaped like a ballerina’s, I bailed on my dream and started comfort eating.

In the years after I left ballet, I ran collegiate track and entered the fitness industry. I began to repair my relationship with my body...but not before pushing past my limits and ending up in surgery.  

Exercise doesn’t have to hurt to work.  In fact, it shouldn’t.  And it shouldn’t make you feel badly about yourself, either.  

It wasn’t until I had a baby that I was able to see my body in a whole new light. Where I used to try to beat my body into submission, now I treat it the way I treat my daughter: I listen to her, I trust her, and I enjoy her.  I’m the boss, but we are finding our way together.  Now, instead of pushing my body too hard, too fast, I meet it where it’s at, day to day, year to year, with a challenge that leaves me feeling strong, fit, and comfortable in my own skin. 

I can’t wait to help you get comfortable in yours.


  • Apprentice to Jane Austin - SF's Preeminent Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher

  • Annette Lang | Pre- and Post- Natal Strength Training

  • White Lotus Foundation | 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training

  • Fitness Anywhere | TRX Suspension Training

  • Kettlebell Athletics Education Systems | Kettlebell Training,

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine | Certified Personal Trainer

  • American Council on Exercise | Behavior Modification

  • Powder Blue Productions | Teaching Pilates Mat/PiYo


  • Oberlin College | Bachelors of Arts


Sara has completely changed my relationship to wellness. I’ve learned how to establish goals that were right for ME, and how to achieve them. In addition to her masterful understanding of fitness, the human body, and crafting wonderful and interesting workouts, she also identified thought, attitude, and lifestyle habits that undermined my success. In other words, Sara is naturally holistic in her approach. Subtly, like a ninja, she will draw you to your better self if you let her. At 47, I’m in the best shape of my life and I enjoy being in my body because it finally does what I want it to do!
— Sarah P
Sara is amazing! Not only is she the best trainer I’ve ever worked with she’s one of my favorite people to see every week! Like many, I don’t always like going to the gym, but Sara makes every session challenging and fun. She tailors each workout to my specific needs and always knows how to help me reach my goals. I’m so glad I found her!
— Sophie
Sara Ris is a great trainer. She’s funny, patient, personable, and, most importantly, knowledgeable. She emphasizes the whole body and uses a mix of exercises that don’t depend on machines. She’s gotten me into much better shape than I’ve ever been in. Going to the gym and seeing her is the highlight of my day. You won’t go wrong with Sara.
— Frank